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Friday's MLB National League betting cheat sheet

Check out our quick-hitting betting notes for Friday's National League games:

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
(-174, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton is 2-4 with a 5.80 ERA in seven career starts against the Cubs.

Hot batting stat: Members of the Chicago roster are a combined 20-for-43 with four doubles and two triples versus Morton.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-50s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 14-4 in Morton's last 18 home starts

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
(-241, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is just 5-4 but has a 1.55 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 93 home innings.

Hot batting stat: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman has been red-hot in September, hitting seven home runs in 10 games so far this month.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the low-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 11 mph.

Key betting note:
Philadelphia is 3-8 in starter Kyle Kendrick's last 11 meetings with the Nationals.

Miami Marlins at New York Mets (OFF, OFF)

Cold pitching stat:
Mets right-hander Jonathon Niese was roughed up in his last outing, surrendering six runs on nine hits over six innings in a 9-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Hot batting stat: Marlins 3B Placido Polanco is a .343 career hitter with seven RBIs in 35 at-bats against Niese.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 13 mph.

Key betting note: New York is 2-7 in Niese's last nine home starts.

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves (-143, 8)

Cold pitching stat:
Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy has been dreadful away from his home park, going 1-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 15 road starts.

Hot batting stat: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is 3-for-5 with a homer and seven RBIs lifetime against Kennedy.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 9 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 10-1-1 in San Diego's last 12 Friday games.

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (+134, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Reds right-hander Mat Latos has surrendered more than three runs just once in his last 10 outings.

Hot batting stat: Cincinnati SS Zack Cosart is batting .292 in the second half after hitting at a .236 clip prior to the All-Star break.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-50s under clear skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 7-1-1 in Latos' last nine starts.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (-154, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat:
Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy was sensational last time out against San Francisco, allowing one run on six hits over eight innings en route to a 2-1 victory.

Cold batting stat: After hitting .332 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs in 232 first-half at-bats, Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is batting just .278 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 162 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings between the teams.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
(-185, 6)

Hot pitching stat:
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is 6-2 with a 1.78 ERA in four home runs surrendered in 10 second-half starts.

Cold batting stat:
Giants OF Hunter Pence has just two hits - both singles - in 35 all-time at-bats against Kershaw.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 4 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 15-2 in Kershaw's previous 17 starts against the Giants.


Interleague

Seattle Mariners at St. Louis Cardinals (-173, 7)

Hot pitching stat:
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright bounced back from consecutive rough outings against Cincinnati with seven innings of two-hit shutout ball in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh five days ago.

Cold batting stat: Mariners 2B Kyle Seager is batting just .238 in the second half after hitting at a .293 clip prior to the All-Star break.

Weather:
Temperatures will be in the mid-60s under sunny skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 15-5-2 in Wainwright's last 22 Friday starts.


Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable starter as of 10:19 p.m. ET Thursday.

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